Fear the Walking Dead Season 6 Episode 16 Review: The Beginning

This Worry the Strolling Lifeless overview comprises spoilers.

Worry the Strolling Lifeless Season 6 Episode 16

So, you’ve spent the final a number of years surviving a violent hellscape of unliving dying—fortunate you! Solely now, you out of the blue end up staring down sure dying within the type of a nuclear warhead. Realizing your destruction is imminent, how would you select to dwell out your final moments? 

That’s the fundamental premise of Worry the Strolling Lifeless’s Season 6 finale, “The Starting.” And I need to admit, I went into this episode with excessive hopes—solely to have these hopes dashed inside minutes. That is via no fault of a gifted forged that acts its gifted coronary heart out (as they often do week after week). From Lennie James to Brigitte Kali Canales and everybody in between, they take advantage of out of what they’re given to work with. 

It’s simply that showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, who additionally penned the episode, wish to have their cake and eat it, too. In different phrases, they wish to benefit from the cachet of promising nuclear annihilation with out the fallout (so to talk) of such a cataclysmic occasion. Sure, folks do die, however largely Teddy’s folks, together with Teddy himself. And Dakota. However ultimately, do I actually care? No. And I really feel like I ought to. However I simply don’t.

As I mentioned, I used to be optimistic for “The Starting,” particularly since Fear rallied in an enormous means after its midseason finale. Certainly, the second half of season 6 gave us genuinely nice episodes like “The Door,” “The Holding,” and “Mother.” That’s a very good run! And whereas final week’s “USS Pennsylvania” fumbled a bit, this episode benefitted from a premise new to the Walking Dead universe: nuclear Armageddon. Sadly, Worry bites off greater than it will possibly chew, and ultimately, the finish winds up feeling a bit small and a bit of too native.

Absolutely if “The Starting” had been a big-screen blockbuster (with the visible FX price range to match), we’d have been handled to true ground-zero devastation. And by that, I imply total cities leveled and their inhabitants incinerated. To be clear, I don’t must see this stuff happen to grasp they’ve occurred. Nonetheless, observing the warheads’ impression at a secure take away successfully negates the true scope of Teddy’s plan. As a substitute, the new zone appears relegated to a nook of Texas and to a handful of scattered survivors. I think about quite a few walkers had been taken out by the blasts, however we don’t see that, both.

In fact, the true focus is on the unfolding drama as Morgan and firm scramble to do one thing significant earlier than the bombs fall. Everybody, that’s, apart from Alicia and Al, who’re benched this episode. (No less than we get to listen to Al’s voice briefly over the CRM chopper’s radio.) These final moments play out as a sequence of vignettes, every with its personal title card. It’s an fascinating format and it really works properly for probably the most half. However these separate tales are additionally a bit jarring, given this season’s emphasis on neighborhood—particularly Morgan’s fledgling settlement. A lot time was dedicated to rounding up the troops, solely to scatter them to the 4 winds by season’s finish? Reside collectively, die aside, I suppose. No less than everybody survives to struggle one other day. 

Everybody, that’s, apart from Rachel.

Poor Rachel. Her largest crime isn’t that she doesn’t know tips on how to change a flat tire. No, what places a goal on her again is the truth that Grace misplaced her child and wanted a surrogate little one to take Athena’s place. Due to this, Rachel’s sacrifice, whereas noble, winds up feeling extra like an empty gesture. Had she hunkered down inside her truck, or beneath it as Morgan and Grace do, she may have survived the blast. Her loss is their acquire, I assume? Yikes. 

In the long run, at the tip, it’s Dwight and Sherry, and June and John Dorie, Sr. who endeavor to make their final moments on Earth actually imply one thing. What’s fascinating about that is all of them appear to be rewarded for his or her selflessness by discovering shelter from the blasts. I assume the takeaway from that is that no good deed goes unpunished? Positive, I can roll with that, particularly contemplating the one individuals who don’t survive the finale are the unsavory varieties Teddy was so eager to eradicate within the first place. (And most of them, just like the traitorous Rollie, die earlier than the bombs even fall!)

Which brings us to Teddy and Dakota. As a lot as I loved John Glover and Zoe Colletti this season, I don’t mourn their demise. Sure, they introduced charisma and unpredictability to the season, however their remaining moments collectively tackle a very cringey vibe. It’s one factor for these two sociopaths to match notes on the murdering of innocents. However whereas Worry may need us consider Teddy wants Dakota to assist launch extra nukes, I feel he has different concepts. Sure, his plan requires two folks—to go forth and multiply, to repopulate the world. Possibly I’m alone in considering that Teddy has romantic ambitions, however possibly not. I imply, why else is he out of the blue so affectionate together with her? Why else would he say he needs they’d met sooner? Severely, Worry, no thanks.

A remaining observe about Dakota. Are we to consider that nothing wanting a nuclear warhead may finish this little one’s reign of terror? And did her molten dying remind anybody else of Sarah Connor’s nightmare imaginative and prescient from Terminator 2: Judgment Day? Watch the clip and decide for your self.

Which lastly brings us to Strand, a person with no single humble bone in his physique. Empowered by his sudden survival, he welcomes the contemporary begin afforded to him by Teddy. It takes one con man to know one other, in any case. For all intents and functions, Strand is Teddy 2.0—he noticed the world finish as soon as earlier than, solely to outlive within the chaos that adopted. It seems like Strand is poised to construct himself up but once more, even when it means tearing others down within the course of. Which, okay, tremendous. I get it. Strand is the final word survivor. Nonetheless, what number of occasions can one individual escape sure dying? I don’t actually care what the reply is (as a result of Strand, clearly). Letting Strand be Strand is changing into fairly the Worry cliche. And it’s not enjoyable anymore, at the very least not for me.

So there you will have it, one other season within the books for Worry the Strolling Lifeless. Whereas it doesn’t fairly ship on its lofty ambitions, I do give the present credit score for detonating the warheads. I solely want there wasn’t a lot plot armor to go round. And credit score is definitely on account of Worry’s forged and crew, who endeavored to finish this season regardless of a world pandemic. For the possibility to look at our favourite present, for this—all followers ought to certainly be grateful.

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